Walking Through the Word ~ Romans 2

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 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? – Romans 2:4

It is amazing how many times I have read and considered this verse yet I have missed the main point of what Paul is saying to the Jewish readers.

Do you presume is probably directed against Jews who thought that their covenant relationship with God would shield them from final judgment. After all, they had often experienced his kindness and forbearance and patience. They thought such blessings showed that they were right with God and had no need to trust in Christ, but Paul says the opposite is true: God’s blessings should have led them to repent of their sins. – ESV Study Bible Notes

So often I too am like the Jews. I presume on my initial salvation experience and neglect to remember it is by that same grace that I am walking with Christ today. Repeatedly I find myself taking pride in “all that I have done” rather than rejoicing in God’s goodness and blessing which truly should lead me closer to Him.

Romans 2 also reminded me of the weight of the law and the holiness of God. The law is a reminder that I can’t in and of myself keep it perfectly. This caused me to reflect on the goodness of God in sending Jesus into the world who kept the law perfectly.

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